Beat the winter blues with this round up of events for the whole family in and around Des Moines. This month there are lots of sweetheart dances for Valentine’s Day, Clifford is visiting the Des Moines Public Libraries, and the Skywalk Golf Classic!
Send us an email if we missed anything, and we will add it to the list!
February 2017 events and activities
Through February 12 | F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Des Moines Community Playhouse
Tickets: starting at $25
February 3-12 | Akeelah and the Bee, DM Young Artists’ Theatre
Based on the beloved film, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of an independent 11-year-old girl trying to make it from the Chicago projects to the finals of the Scripps National Spelling Bee.
Tickets: $20 for adults; children 12 and under: $15
February 4 | Disney Reads Day, Barnes & Noble 4550 University Ave West Des Moines
Celebrate the magic of storytelling in the kids’ department.
February 4 | Father Daughter Dance, Science Center
Admission: $10; advance tickets required
February 6-11 | Clifford Visits the Library
IPTV’s Dan Wardell and Clifford the Big Red Dog are sharing stories and taking pictures at Des Moines Libraries.
February 7 | Kids Cooking Class, The Machine Shed
Free classes that teach kids how to measure and mix, use kitchen gadgets, follow recipes, learn etiquette, safety and nutrition.
Call 515-270-6818 to register
February 7-12 | The Sound of Music, Des Moines Civic Center
February 9-12 | Des Moines Home + Garden Show
Admission: $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Kids 7-12 are $4; kids under 7 are free
February 9 | Tail Waggin’ Tales Story Time, Ames Public Library
For ages 0-5
February 10 | Sweetheart Dance, Blank Park Zoo
Details: Music, treats, animals, and more
February 10 | The Mitten, Des Moines Community Playhouse
9:30 a.m.; 10:45 a.m.; 1:30 p.m.
February 10 | Family Night at Science Center of Iowa
5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
February 11 | Mommy & Me: Sweetheart Dance, Holiday Inn Downtown Des Moines
1:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.
A Valentine’s Day fundraising event created exclusively for central Iowa mothers and their children to support Variety: The Children’s Charity of Iowa
Tickets: $40 for mom and child
February 14 | Parent’s Night Out, Pump It Up, Urbandale
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
February 17 | Every Family Rocks, Science Center
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Admission: $8 for kids; $12 for adults
February 18 | Mother Goose, Des Moines Symphony Family Concert with Enchantment Theatre Company
Tickets: starting at $10
February 18 | Kids Build Weekend Workshop, Carpenters Training Center
2160 East Douglas Avenue, Des Moines, IA 50313
10 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Details: Kids make wood projects, build skills, and gain confidence
Admission: free; registration required
February 18 | Blue Ribbon Bacon Festival, Iowa Events Center
February 22 | Game Night, Des Moines Social Club
6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Board games, free for all ages
February 23 | Art for the Wild, Iowa Events Center Ballroom
Details: Blank Park Zoo Fundraising art show and auction with special guest Jack Hanna
February 25 | Skywalk Golf Classic, Capital Square, 400 Locust St.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Admission: Starting at $25/golfer; kids 12 and under free with paid adult registration